3 Camping Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day

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May your pockets be heavy, your heart be light, and your stomach be full on this St. Patrick’s Day! While the traditional Irish dishes are delicious and a must-have on this holiday, it’s hard to fully celebrate when your resources are limited by traveling in an RV. You probably have the green shirt and decorated RV down, but how can you have an entire Irish feast when you’re camping out?

Luckily, we have 3 RV-friendly Irish recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Stew

Irish stew, made with lamb, stout, potatoes, carrots and herbs.

With a dish that has meat, vegetables and warm, delicious broth, you can’t go wrong with this satisfying and easy meal. Camping Roadtrip says all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 pound steak
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper

First you heat the oil in a large skillet. Cut the onions in wedges and saute them. Cut the carrots in thick slices and cook for a few minutes. Then you cut the steak into 1/4 inch cubes and add it to the vegetables. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes and throw them with the meat and vegetables. Pour in the water and sprinkle salt and pepper and wait for the stew to boil. Simmer the stew over low heat until everything is tender,

Irish Campfire Potatoes

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This dish, thanks to Daily Leisure, is the ultimate go-to for St. Patrick’s Day. This mean can be cooked on a grill, over a fire, or in an oven if your rig has one. All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • salt and pepper

The first thing you do is slice the potatoes and onion up into 1/4 slices. Place the slices on aluminum foil large enough to fold over and roll the edges up. Make sure you top the potatoes and onion generously with butter, garlic, cayenne and Worcester sauce. Fold the foil and leave on the grill or over the campfire for 30 minutes. If using an oven, cook the potatoes at 350 for 40 minutes.

Corned Beef Hash

Southern breakfast of corned beef hash and sunny side up eggs

This meal is a traditional Irish dish and luckily can be easily made in an RV. According to Valerie’s Kitchen, all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 gold or red potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 c cooked and chopped corned beef
  • 4 eggs, fried or poached
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

First, you heat the olive oil on medium in a large skillet. Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to skillet for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic for another minute. Throw in the potatoes and start seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the corned beef and heat until it has warmed up. Flatten the hash with a spatula and serve an egg over each portion.

Don’t allow travelling in your RV to take away your Luck O’ the Irish! If you’re looking for an RV with an oven to let you go all out for holidays, visit Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland, VA. We also have a fully-stocked parts and accessories store where you can purchase all your RV and camping essentials.

Best Fall Camping Destinations in the US

Indian Cave State Park in Richardson County. Visitors on the boardwalk at Indian Cave.

While we can’t argue that Virginia is beautiful in the Fall, the point of having an RV is to travel, right? For those of you who are seeking a new camping destination, check out these top 5 best fall camping destinations. Here you’ll find cooler weather, changing leaves, and some of the most scenic campgrounds you’ve ever laid eyes on. Continue reading

Camping Destination: Americamps RV Resort

Now you and your family can experience Historic Richmond at the beautiful Americamps RV Resort! americamps1

Located in Central Virginia, this RV resort is in the perfect location for locals and travelers from all over! There are plenty of nearby attractions, including a short drive to Virginia Beach or the mountains.

However, with all the amenities they have on site, you may not want to leave. Americamps is a big-rig friendly campground with 198 full hook-up sites, 105 pull-thru sites, and 93 easy access back-in sites! They also have a newly renovated bath house, 2 laundry facilities, a fitness center, and pool! For those of you who like to RV with your pets, Americamps also has a large, fenced canine camp!

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With so many on-site activities and nearby attractions, Americamps RV resort is the ideal destination for your next family vacation! For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Americamps website.

Before you head to this gorgeous resort, make sure you stop by Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland. Va., where our friendly staff can help you find a new or used RV that will be perfect for your trip! Or, bring your RV in for service to make sure it’s in top condition!

 

Assateague Island National Seashore

A real treasure to mark off on your bucket list is the Assateague Island National Seashore. If you have been looking for a new place to try this year for summer vacation, this is it. This beautiful island is a hidden treasure for sure and would be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. It is located just off of Maryland’s eastern shoreline and the park covers over 41,320 acres and is managed by three park agencies.

The Assateague Island National Seashore is rated high for destination vacations. In total, Assateague Island has over 37 miles of stretching beautiful beach to explore. Visitors can enjoy sightseeing, kayak tours, bird watching, fishing, biking and more. All of these wonderful activities makes this a vacationer’s paradise come true. It has been called one of the best beaches to visit on the East Coast.

Oh, and did we mention wild horses?

The many wild horses of Assateague Island are well known. There are extremely limited places to view wild horses within the United States so take advantage of this rare opportunity. Though a wonder to behold, Reines RV wants to remind you that they are still wild animals so feeding and petting are both detrimental to you and them. Horses can become ill from human food so please do not feed them. Visitors can be kicked or even knocked down so use caution as you would with any wild animal. Look but don’t touch. With summertime here, it is the perfect chance for photo opportunities of catching the endless shorelines as well as wild horses in just one shot.

If you plan on doing some tent or RV camping, here are a few tips. Make sure to put your food up when not around. Wild horses will eat your food just like any other wild animal. Bring long tent stakes to help anchor down tents in strong wind and sand. Bring extra sunscreen and plenty of bug spray. Be prepared to admire the beautiful starry night skies. You are able to see more of the night sky here due to lack of pollution from city lights. Camping areas are provided with a fire ring and grill top, a picnic table as well as a spot to set your tent up. This is one camping experience you will not want to pass up with your Manassas RV.

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How to Compost from the Road

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May 29th is National Compost Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by learning to compost from your RV. The RV lifestyle is already known as a “greener” way of living, but by learning to compost much of the waste you produce living on the road, you can help remediate contaminated soil, prevent pollution and enrich the soil around you.

Where to Compost

RV enthusiasts who stay in one location for a long duration of time have an advantage when it comes to making their own compost piles or containers, but with compost sites located in nooks and crannies across the country, you can almost always contribute your waste to a larger compost pile nearby.

How to Compost

If your RV is parked in one place for a long amount of time, you can start your own compost heap on a bare piece of ground, then transfer it to your garden or plants as needed. You can even sell your compost to other farmers and gardeners.

  1. Start by laying twigs or straw on the ground as a base for your compost heap.
  2. Add your composting materials on top, alternating between moist and dry layers. Moist materials include food scraps, seaweed, tea bags, etc., and dry materials are items like straw, ashes, leaves and sawdust.
  3. Add manure, wheatgrass, grass clippings or any other nitrogen source to the top of your compost heap.
  4. Water your compost heap to keep it moist (not soaked), or if you’re in an area with heavy rains, let the rain moisten it.
  5. Cover your compost heap with a plastic sheet, wood or any other covering to help the pile stay moist and warm.
  6. Aerate your compost pile every 2-3 weeks with a shovel to allow oxygen in.
  7. Continue to mix in new materials as you acquire them, and transfer the compost to your garden beds as needed.

Start Your RV Lifestyle at Reines RV Center

Are you on the verge of transitioning to full-time life on the road? Stop in and see us at Reines RV Center — your local Virginia RV center — to browse our huge selection of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and pop-ups.

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Summer Vacation in Your RV

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Summer road trips have become one of America’s favorite past times, and with so many amazing sites to see around the U.S., you can’t go wrong with hitting the road when the weather warms up. Check out these awesome summer road trip destinations, and you may find yourself transitioning to the full-time RV lifestyle soon.

Niagara Falls, New York

New York is not often a road trip destination in the colder months, but as the weather heats up, the Empire State is full of incredible outdoor sites to see in your RV. Head to the gorgeous Niagara Falls State Park this summer and park your RV conveniently just nine miles down the road at AA Royal Motel and Campground. Spend your days at the state park taking advantage of their unforgettable tours of Niagara Falls, then indulge the area’s wonderful restaurants, shops and the famous Casino Niagara.

Key West, Florida

Hoping to get to the beach this summer? Fire up your RV and road trip down to America’s favorite tropical destination — Key West, Fla. Stay at Boyd’s Key West Campground where you’ve got everything from poolside drinks to snorkeling, shopping, diving and beach-combing just steps away. Call ahead and make your reservation early for one of the campground’s oceanfront sites.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Indulge in the ultimate outdoor excursion with a road trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo., this summer. Take your family on an exciting whitewater rafting trip down the Snake River rapids or enjoy a more relaxing float down the river as you tour the Grand Teton National Park. And if you’re traveling with a tent or camping trailer, be sure to stay at the Granite Creek Campground to enjoy their famous natural Granite Hot Springs in the Gros Ventre Mountains.

Get Your Road Trip Vehicle at Reine’s RV Center

If you’re in need of the ultimate road trip vehicle this summer, Reines RV Center is the perfect place to find the motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up camper of your dreams. And if you’re already in a recreational vehicle you love, don’t forget about us for all of RV parts, accessories and service needs.

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